SOURCE: Data from OECD, Health Data 2012, June 2012. Compiled by PGPF.
NOTE: Per capita health expenditures are for the year 2010, unless otherwise noted. Comparison uses Purchasing Power Parity, which adjusts exchange rates to account for cost of living differences between countries.
*Japan and Australia data from 2009.
Total national spending on health care in the United States by both the public and private sectors was $2.6 trillion in 2010, or nearly 18 percent of total economic output (GDP). According to government projections, health care expenditures are projected to climb to 26 percent of GDP by 2037. Americans currently pay about twice as much per capita on health care as our peers do in other advanced nations, yet our health outcomes are no better. Many health experts believe that we can increase the quality of our care while also reducing our costs. For more information on this important issue, read the PGPF Fiscal Primer on Health Care.
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